The child to be adopted must be below 21 years of age.This is in accordance with Section 3(2) of the Adoption of Child Act.
The child must be a resident of Singapore (i.e. a Singapore Citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident or Dependant's Pass holder). A child is not regarded as a resident if the child is residing in Singapore on a visit pass, a student’s pass or a special pass. This is in accordance with Section 4(7)(a)(b) of the Adoption of Child Act.
To apply for a Dependant's Pass for a foreign child, please refer to Apply for Dependant's Pass.
Additional Criteria for children from the Peoples Republic of China
For more information, please refer to How to adopt a child from the People's Republic of China.